You know, it might be fun to gather some stories of how people found polymer clay in a life changing way. Your story is similar to mine in some ways and very different in others. I discovered clay when I was 38 years old, and after running a studio of hand sculpted miniatures from tiny knick-knacks, little babies, and teddy bears to original porcelain dolls whose molds were created using my sculpted parts for seven years, was hired at 45 by United Design of Noble as a designer/sculptor. For the next 15 years I designed and sculpted gift ware, home accessories, animals and more. When the company was sold I did some designing and made original OOAK's for fun. When a little mold I made caught the eye of a friend, my husband said he thought he could sell it on Ebay. It sold, so I began sculpting more and more jewelry parts, making jewelry and selling molds. We have ended up over the last six or so years with a slowly growing company making original molds from my sculpts. Just enough for a couple of septuagenarians (we are both in our 70's) to stay busy but not too busy. I love meeting all of the clayers online and at shows from coast to coast as we all love to clay, and enjoy the fellowship of other clayers while we play.
Perhaps someday you and I will be claying at the same table and enjoying the excitement of learning and watching the clay become something special together. It's good to know you too Susan. (an easy name to remember, we have a daughter Susan).